Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
Psalm 46:10 – He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
It often feels like I go up and down these stairs no less than a hundred times a day.
In our 110-year-old Victorian Farmhouse, our bedroom and my office are on the second floor. The kitchen, TV room and other main living area are on the first floor. Laundry is in the basement. This means I haul clean and dirty laundry two flights of stairs. (We’re working on an alternative which will make laundry easier.)
Coffee is downstairs. My computer is upstairs.
Food is downstairs. The printer is upstairs. (I don’t have wireless.)
Mail comes in downstairs. Financial records are upstairs.
Multiple times a week, my phone is on one floor and when it starts ringing and I’m on the opposite floor.
I’m heading out the door. Something I want to take with me is upstairs. I’m putting on my coat downstairs.
Up and down. Down and up. You’d think all this going up and down the stairs would keep my legs in better shape, right? Wrong.
Hubby Rick and I have often said our house is not set-up for “old” people. We’re trying to kid ourselves into thinking we’re still not old, in spite of Grandson Dylan thinking Rick was alive when the dinosaurs were.
Recently, a group of friends invited me to participate in a sign-painting class with them. A few weeks earlier, I had my first experience with creating a painted sign. It was a great experience and I love how the sign fits into our remodeled downstairs bathroom.
This sign-painting experience was different. We went to an actual business that helps people create beautiful signs. The business guarantees customers will love their completed sign THEY will remake the sign for you.
While making our signs, my group of friends created our signs while stationed at the same large table. Basically, everyone else knew where they were going to hang their sign and how it should fit in with their decor. Me? Not so much. I was happy that I’d found time to go on the shop’s website (which has a whole bunch of sign options), pick out the sign I would make and get this information submitted before the deadline.
I chose to include words from Psalm 46:10 on the sign: “Be still and know.” I had not particular reason for choosing these words. It was this sign that resonated with me the most at the time I was picking the sign.
While making the sign, I still decisions to make: what color to stain the board? Did I want another material painted over the stain, which would allow for more potential effects with the board? What colors did I want to use? Etc., etc.
Eventually, I chose a dark stain for the background board. Wanting it to look more rustic, I painted a lighter grey paint over the stain. The main letters became an eggplant color while “Psalm 46:10” was painted in black. I left the border boards dark to create contrast with the main body of the sign.
When I left the shop, I still didn’t have a clue where the sign would go. Once home, I leaned it against a blank wall by the front door where it would be out of the way. For the next several ways, as I saw it every time I walked up and down the stairs. Then, I realized: why not hang the sign on the wall where I would intentionally see the sign every time I go up and down the stairs?
So, this is where I hung the sign. Every time I come running down the stairs, I will not miss seeing these works:
“Be still and know.”
Be still and know that whatever is going on in your life today, God is there.
Be still and know that when you walk out the door of your house, God is with you.
Be still and know that every conversation you have today, God will be present.
Be still and know there is nothing impossible with God.
Be still and know that God has your back.
Just be still and know.
Now, this sign has become something I look at all the time. It’s a simple reminder every time I run up and down those stairs, I can be refocused on the One who is always with me.
Be still. Know.
Not bad words to include in our daily lives.
For words to shape my day, I am grateful.
Holy God – may your words be ever present and a part of our daily lives. May they shape our words, actions and deeds. Amen.
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